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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Young people’s interaction with natural heritage through outdoor learning
Author(s): Mannion, Greg
Sankey, Kate
Doyle, Lesley
Mattu, Leanne
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Citation: Mannion G, Sankey K, Doyle L & Mattu L (2007) Young people’s interaction with natural heritage through outdoor learning. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, (ROAME No. F06AB03), 225. Inverness: Scottish Natural Heritage.
Keywords: natural heritage
outdoor learning
environmental education
Outdoor education
Education Activity programs
Environment and children
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Scottish Natural Heritage
Series/Report no.: Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, (ROAME No. F06AB03), 225
Abstract: Funded jointly by Scottish Natural Heritage and Learning and Teaching Scotland, this research forms part of a two-year research and development programme entitled Outdoor Connections. A key aim of the programme is to research the current state of outdoor education in Scotland for 3–18-year-olds. Outdoor Connections, in turn, is seeking to understand how outdoor learning can be harnessed to address the aims of the current national curriculum development initiative: A Curriculum for Excellence (hereafter ACfE). The research comes at a time when formal outdoor learning is broadening its scope beyond adventure and field studies activities to include a wider range of activities across the whole curriculum thereby potentially connecting learners with their environment, their community, their society and themselves. The report analyses two sets of data. The first comes from a survey of schools’ and pre-school centres’ provision of formal outdoor learning. The second set of data comes from interviews with young people themselves (ages 3–16) about their outdoor experiences more generally. The report analyses these data to show how different types, durations and locations for outdoor learning provide different kinds of opportunities for interaction with nature and different learning outcomes.
Type: Research Report
Rights: © Scottish Natural Heritage.; The publisher has granted permission for use of this report in this Repository. The report, Young people’s interaction with natural heritage through outdoor learning, was first published by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Affiliation: Education
University of Stirling

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